|Date of Birth:||October 15, 1844|
Friedrich Nietzsche is an extremely influential 19th century German philosopher and protocel. He had a aesthetic ethics situated in a call for people to overcome their weaknesses. His maxim of the eternal return posits that people should make decisions that result in a beautiful life that they would want to live for eternity.
Romantic life[edit | edit source]
He was famously rebuffed by every woman he approached, never had a genuine romance. After his death, it was claimed that he died from syphilis he contracted from a hooker at a brothel, but this theory has fallen into disrepute, the claim being popularized by a prominent academic who claimed Nietzsche's philosophy deserved partial responsibility for crafting the ideological underpinning of the the Nazi movement, and therefore blaming Nietzsche for being indirectly responsible for the holocaust, despite Nietzsche being largely opposed to the anti-semites of his own era. His philosophy contained many misogynistic phrases, some would argue as a result of the rejections he experienced at the hands of women.
Quotes on women[edit | edit source]
"From the beginning, nothing has been more alien, repugnant, and hostile to woman than truth—her great art is the lie, her highest concern is mere appearance and beauty"
"Where there is neither love nor hatred in the game woman is a mediocre player."
"Woman has so much reason for shame; so much pedantry, superficiality, schoolmarmishness, petty presumption, petty licentiousness, and immodesty lies concealed in woman."
"Everything about woman has one solution: that is pregnancy."
"Woman's love involves injustice and blindness against everything that she does not love... Woman is not yet capable of friendship: women are still cats and birds. Or at best cows."
"Woman! One-half of mankind is weak, typically sick, changeable, inconstant... she needs a religion of weakness that glorifies being weak, loving, and being humble as divine"
"When a woman has scholarly inclinations there is usually something wrong with her sexuality"
"In revenge and in love woman is more barbarous than man."
"A little woman pursuing her vengeance would force overtake even Fate itself."
"Women can enter into a friendship with a man perfectly well, but to maintain it- a little physical antipathy is required."
"When thou goest to thy woman, do not forget thy whip."
"Women are considered profound. Why? Because we never fathom their depths. But women aren't even shallow."
"What inspires respect for woman, and often enough even fear, is her nature, which is more “natural” than man’s, the genuine, cunning suppleness of a beast of prey, the tiger’s claw under the glove, the naiveté of her egoism, her uneducability and inner wildness, the incomprehensibility, scope, and movement of her desires and virtues."
"From a woman you can learn nothing of women"
"Young women try hard to appear superficial and thoughtless. The most refined simulate a type of impertinence. Women easily experience their husbands as a question mark concerning their honor, and their children as an apology or atonement. [...] In sum, one cannot be too kind about women."
"All women are subtle in exaggerating their weaknesses; they are inventive when it comes to fabricating their weaknesses in order to appear as utterly fragile ornaments who are hurt by even a speck of dust. Their existence is supposed to make men feel clumsy, and guilty on that score. Thus they defend themselves against the strong and the "law of the jungle."
But the man who is not superficial, who has depth of thought as well as of purpose, the depth which not only makes him desire right but endows him with determination and strength to do right, must always look on woman from the oriental standpoint:- as a possession, as private property, as something born to serve and be dependent on him ... What a necessary, logical, desirable growth for mankind! if we could only attain to it ourselves!
Stupidity in the kitchen; woman as cook; the terrible thoughtlessness with which the feeding of the family and the master of the house is managed! Woman does not understand what food means, and she insists on being cook! If woman had been a thinking creature, she should certainly, as cook for thousands of years, have discovered the most important physiological facts, and should likewise have got possession of the healing art!
Would any link be missing from the whole chain of science and art, if woman, if woman's work, were excluded from it? Let us acknowledge the exception—it proves the rule—that woman is capable of perfection in everything which does not constitute a work: in letters, in memoirs, in the most intricate handiwork - in short, everything which is not a craft; and precisely because in the things mentioned woman perfects herself, because in them she obeys the only artistic impulse in her nature, which is to captivate.